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January 2020 Board Minutes

January 13, 2020 | 4:00 pm | 500-B Old Lynchburg Rd


Members Present

Jeff Gould, Vice-Chair

Barbara Barrett, Chair

Stephen Wunsh

John Kronstain

Diane Jacobs

Nora Demleitner

Peggy Whitehead, Secretary

Linda Hanson

Edna Harris

David Szwedo


Others Present

Lisa Beitz, Executive Director

Jessica Phipps, Executive Assistant

Kathy Williams, Senior Director

Don Schimming, IT Director

Xavia Jackson, Compliance Director

Laura Fekishazy, Human Resources Director

Members Absent

Albert LaFave

James Murphy

Ms. D Pryor

Andre Lewis

Meeting Minutes

I.   Call to Order

Ms. Barrett called the meeting to order at 4:00 PM.

II.   Welcome

Ms. Barrett welcomed everyone to the meeting. Ms. Beitz introduced Don Schimming, Xavia Jackson, and Laura Fekishazy to the Board of Directors.

III.   Comments from the Public

There was no public at this time.

IV.   Chair’s Remarks

Ms. Barrett reminded members that they need to contact her with their committee preferences.

V.   Executive Director’s Report

Ms. Beitz provided an update on Town Creek. We are about a year in now. 50 of the 60 beds are promised to WSH, with the remaining 10 being private. Each Tuesday, individuals are interviewed from WSH to see if they are ready to move into Town Creek. A meeting will be held at Town Creek at a future date. There are three CSB run ALFs within Virginia. Mr. Kronstain appreciated having the individual stories to read.

MCOs have decreased approvals for TDT, denying requests or shortening the available periods. TDT staff has been encouraged to apply for internal positions. Region Ten will be in a position in March to better address TDT services. Mental Health Redesign may potentially provide a TDT like service by a tiered design.

Strategic Plan Priorities: Ms. Fekishazy has hit the ground running around building a diverse workforce. There is a racial equity change team, working towards understanding Region Ten’s culture for staff. They have created a foundation with a mission and foundational statement. This will be added to the HR manual, website, and welcome brochures. LGBQT individuals have asked for a similar group to discuss their experiences and desires for equality.

Ms. Whitehead motioned to support the statement. Ms. Demleitner expressed her strong support for the effort and requested to see the statement to offer feedback. Ms. Beitz would like to invite the change team, or the Chair of the team, or Rebecca Kendall to come speak to the Board. The motion has been tabled for the time. Volunteers who wanted to participate in the committee created the change team. There has been some training and book clubs related to racial equity.

The Holiday Cookie appreciation from the Board to staff: Highly received. Staff felt important that cookies were sent to their county. Staff enjoyed meeting the Board without a planned agenda. A request was made by Wellness Recovery to come to talk to the Board. WRC will be invited in March.

A question was raised about leasing vs owning residential properties. Information will be sent out from Ms. Beitz. Ms. Beitz asked that Board members reach out to Ms. Phipps or herself to schedule a visit to programs.

VI.   Consent Agenda

Ms. Barrett asked for any changes to the agenda. Ms. Wunsh motioned to approve the consent agenda. Ms. Whitehead seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.

VII.   Other Business

There was no other business at this time.

VIII.   Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned.